BURTON Albion Community Trust and Burton MENCAP have received generous donations of money on behalf of the Mayor’s (Councillor Simon Gaskin) chosen charities, between May 2017 to May 2018.
A sum of £11,000 was distributed between the two charities, with both BACT and Burton MENCAP being presented with a cheque of £5,500 each. Both charities supported a number of Mr Gaskin’s events throughout the year, including a Tea Dance, Christmas Carol Concert and The Mayor’s Ball.
Burton MENCAP is a local charity supporting people in the Burton area with a disability. They are run by a small committee of volunteers who run a twice weekly Coffee Shop at Crossley House in the Market Place, however, it will be unfortunately closing after almost 60 years of service to Burton, due to the council retendering the property.
BACT deliver programmes across five main themes, participation, social inclusion, disability, education and health. Having such a variety of themed programmes enables BACT to be an influential partner in all aspects of the local community and allows a wider impact both regionally and nationally.
Chair of Burton MENCAP, Christine Kelly, said: “It has been a wonderful year for Councillor Gaskin who we were very happy to have at our AGM as our guest speaker and welcome him to our New Year Party. We thank him most sincerely for all his donation, help and support.”
Matt Hancock, Head of Community at BACT, said: “We were really pleased to have been one of The Mayor’s chosen charities for the year. Receiving such a donation will allow us to continue to deliver projects to those that need it most in Burton and the surrounding area. We are using these monies to develop a pilot project around school holiday activities for families that require support which we are really excited about. It’s fantastic that the monies will now be generated back into the local Burton upon Trent community.”